Beasley’s class shines through at Wagga

Wayne Carroll and Danny Beasley, pictured here after Salute Again’s victory at Royal Randwick back in June, combined for a winning double at Wagga on Tuesday. Image – Bradley Photos.

Following his return to Australia in late 2022, 14-time Group One winner Danny Beasley has made every post a winner, and he’s kicked off 2023/24 in fine fettle. 

With 36 victories to his name, the Wagga-based Beasley is riding at a career-best 19.8% strike rate, with this season’s record including 31 NSW country wins, placing him in sixth on the NSW Country Jockey’s Premiership.

Riding on his home track on Tuesday, the 48-year-old won the feature on the program and brought up a winning treble in the process.

Teaming up with Wagga trainer Doug Gorrel in the 1800m Crichton Cup Benchmark 66 Handicap, Beasley won on Dream Inherit ($11).

The pair raced in the back half of the field in the nine-furlong event, with Dream Inherit ($11) working into the race nicely before Beasley maneuvered his way into space.

From there, the Kuroshio gelding finished strongly to win by a half-head from the Rodger Waters-trained Lumber Dream (Mathew Cahill, $12) in second and a long-neck from the Ben Brisbourne-trained Mischinka (Alysha Warren, $2.90) in third. 

Earlier on the seven-race card, Beasley rode a double for Wayne Carroll. 

The Wagga trainer won the 1065m Maiden Handicap with Katie Express ($2.60), which was very impressive when holding off the highly fancied Dolly (Mathew Cahill, $2.15) by a length. 

Two races later, Carroll and Beasley combined again, with the aptly-named Salute Again ($2.40) winning the 1200m Open Handicap. 

While only a small field, the five-year-old made it win number four when getting home strongly to triumph by a half-head from the Craig Weeding-trained Controversial Miss (Emma Ly, $3.70).
Arguably, the win of the program went to Theresa Bateup, who unleashed Arabian Soo ($6.50) in the 1200m Maiden Plate. 

First-up for the Kembla Grange stable, Kayla Nisbet gave the three-year-old filly a gun front-running ride before unleashing a strong finish to win by more than two lengths.  

The consistent Breakaway Week ($5) broke through for Keith Dryden in the 1675m Class One Handicap, finishing with a strong and sustained run for three-kilogram claiming apprentice Teaghan Martin.

A vigorous ride by Jack Martin got the Tash Burleigh-trained Fifty Carats ($7) home in time to win the 1065m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Leading Southern Districts apprentice Holly Durnan brought up her 14th win of the season and her 29th career victory in the final event, winning on the Dan McCarthy-trained Fabulous Choice ($5.50) in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Carrying 62kg, the Wangaratta galloper ranged up ominously and finished strongly to win by nearly three lengths. 

Southern Districts racing action heads to Albury on Saturday before racing heads back to Wagga on Friday, December 22.